November 26, 2014
MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a woman found dead inside a van that authorities towed away with her undiscovered body inside died of "homicidal violence."
The body was found inside the van five days after the vehicle was towed.
An autopsy revealed Tammie Cessna suffered from trauma, especially to her head and neck. The autopsy says Cessna had numerous bruises and cuts and bled extensively. The medical investigator believes she was strangled.
Moriarty Police Chief Bobby Garcia says Cessna's van was found at a Moriarty motel in January. He says officers never had a search warrant, which is why the van was not opened.
It's unclear if Cessna was dead when the van was towed.
Authorities say Cessna's boyfriend is a person of interest.
It was not known if he had an attorney.
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